Spinach and Artichoke Bread Pudding (Stuffing Muffins)

This is a great change from the usual stuffing – goes really well with any roast – beef, turkey, chicken or lamb. We’ve had it with all! Now a family favourite. Even better is that leftovers make a fantastic snack or breakfast.

Spinach Artichoke Bread Pudding

Trust me - this will be your new favourite savory stuffing or bread pudding!

Trust me – this will be your new favourite savory stuffing or bread pudding!

Preheat oven to 350

1/4 cup olive oil
2 cups chopped onion
1/2 cup sliced celery
1 tbsp roughly chopped garlic

Saute until onions, celery and garlic are soft and translucent. Set aside to cool.

In large bowl combine:
12-14 cups cubed stale bread (I like calabrese or french)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp Italian seasonings
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
3 cups chopped fresh spinach
1 tin artichoke hearts, roughly chopped (tough outer leaves removed)
1/4 cup minced parsley

Toss gently to combine

Mix together:
4 large eggs
3 cups cream
2 cups milk

Add the onion mixture and the egg/milk/cream mixture to the large bowl with bread and vegetables.

If the bread does not absorb all the liquid right away – set aside until it does.

Put all the mixture into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish and sprinkle the top with more freshly grated parmesan and a dusting of salt and pepper. Bake at 350 for approximately 1 hour.

Our family really likes the crunchy bits of stuffing or bread pudding, so I baked this earlier in the day in muffin tins so there were lots of edges, then turned it into a clay baker and warmed it all up for dinner.

If you really want to take this over the top …. crumble a bit of brie cheese into the dry mixture before adding the onion and milk mixtures.

Banana Blueberry Bread Pudding

It is not often that we EVER have banana bread left over, but surprisingly enough, we did and I was wondering how to use it up. Also have never made bread pudding … and always wanted to.
Blueberry Banana Bread Pudding

Cube up leftover banana bread, and toast it until slightly crunchy and dried out.

About 4 cups of bread cubes work with:

3 eggs
2 cups milk
1/2 cup cream
1 tbsp vanilla
1/3 cup sugar

Whisk all ingredients together.

In greased baking dish place the banana bread cubes, top with blueberries (or whatever fruit you have on hand – fresh or frozen) and pour the egg/milk mixture over. It should just cover the bread cubes and fruit.

Bake at 350 degrees for between 45-60 minutes. A knife inserted in the middle should come out clean.

Serve warm or at room temperature with a dollop of whipped cream.
Blueberry Banana Bread Pudding with whip cream